All Lives Institute
All Lives Institute

All Lives Institute - Volunteer Policy


1. Welcome and Introduction
2. The All Lives Institute
3. Mission Statement
4. Recruitment: Institute Members
5. What you can expect from the All Lives Institute
6. Our Expectations of Volunteers
7. Volunteer Insurance
8. Management of Volunteers
9. Volunteer Rights and Involvement

1. Welcome and Introduction

Thank you for volunteering with the All Lives Institute. We are pleased to have you as part of our team. To help you achieve your goals with us, the terms and conditions of volunteering, and the expectations associated with membership are set out hereunder.

Please read this Policy carefully. It provides useful and relevant information on our Constitution - regarding governance (the Board, Volunteer Category), financing, investigation, research and social benefits envisaged.

2. The All Lives Institute

The 'All Lives' title refers to the recognition that, if diversity were fully embraced, no individual with Human DNA would face untimely demise. By forming a coalition with Vulnerable Human Cohorts (VHCs), our advocacy for common sense will carry more weight. The reasons people give for their actions do not reflect the real, empirical influences on behaviour. Reasons are not causes. Identifying these latter could be a step towards reducing crime, violence and the slaying of vulnerable individuals. On the other hand, and positively, the work could help to increase cooperation, altruism and empathy.

With an Algorithm, we compute a Human Insecurity Index Number (HIIN) reflective of the peril faced by VHCs. We do not pronounce on debateable State regulation or private conviction regarding killing. With the HIIN computed, res ipsa loquitur. Non-partisan HIINs feed into our clinical analyses.

The All Lives Institute espouses the historic and universal Gaelic values: Glaine ár gCroí, Neart ár nGéag agus Beart de réir ár mBriathar. These unbiased values - of honesty, fortitude and discipline - guided a stable, prosperous society for over a thousand years. Today, Climate Change, Over-population and Diminishing Resources and Food all call for rationale to be reinstated. People who control fraught situations, however, likely have primitive Cognitive Biases. Left frustrated, people then wonder why ideas they view as advanced and progressive do not get the results required.

Violence and death are ubiquitous but mostly people do not witness these. Indeed, many will be found ambivalent about decisions to kill, when they are not targeted themselves or when, with impunity, they stand to benefit. The lack of action on the threatened extinction of a quarter of plant and animal species indicates another striking ambivalence. Evolutionary Psychology is behind this sanitised approach.

3. Mission Statement

The Institute aims to advocate on behalf of Vulnerable Human Cohorts (VHCs), individuals and groups, who (with Cognitive Bias bearing upon law, religion or public disinterest) are targeted with impunity - for what benefits and temporal ease may be obtained by their passing. The Institute's work and purpose is so to examine and inform policies to underpin social progress. Reference to the plight of vulnerable people will underscore their importance to improving the social environment

4. Recruitment: Institute Members

4.1 Volunteers

Volunteers will be able to be open-minded and logical in the way they think and be able impartially to discern their capacity to discuss ideas. To date, the great majority of psychology research has focussed on people in the US and affluent West. Focusing on such a narrow population, researchers have presented a skewed view of the human mind. The Institute will produce original research and invite observations. Of its nature, the outcome of research is not prescribed.

4.2 Volunteer Roles

A medical, scientific, legal, IT background would be fine. A strong commitment to come to the aid of those who have nobody to look out for them, would be superb. Investigating Volunteers will keep the text on their chosen vulnerable groups up-to-date. Others will conduct psychological Research.

Volunteers mainly issue standardised letters, at this time, to the supporters of the eleven VHCs we have investigated and shall give their analysis of replies to the group for further consideration. When a coalition of VHC interests is formed, the next stage of the Project will begin. Necessary social benefit is envisaged by developing policies aimed at improving the environment in which we live and, hence, human behaviour and contentment.

4.3 Membership Application

A note accepting this Policy, an intention to advance the Mission Statement and a half-page text on "Why I wish to join the All Lives Institute and what social benefits I see in membership?" should be provided.

4.4 Screening and Selection

  1. In person, by Skype or Zoom, applicants may explain their interest in the project;
  2. A Referee will be contacted following interviews; and
  3. New members of the Institute will be warmly welcomed by the Board, who will allocate tasks

5. What you can expect from the All Lives Institute

  1. Clear, timely communications, courtesy and understanding, between all members of the group, is the cultured norm to which we aspire;
  2. Any communication to a volunteer, from another volunteer, shall be answered within three days or a holding note supplied (eg by text message, suggesting a time to speak);
  3. Informal meetings (real or virtual, e.g. via Skype) are held, as convenient, to review and guide the operation;
  4. Volunteers may, for the purposes of professional advancement and worthwhile social activity, attend training sessions, meetings and social functions, run by the Board and other organisations, such as Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Boardmatch Ireland, Volunteer Ireland and The Wheel. Volunteers may obtain an authoritative reference in return for their efforts.

6. Our Expectations of Volunteers

  1. Volunteers should diligently carry out assigned work, upholding our aims and values, and showing our spirit of leadership.
  2. The work is aimed fundamentally at the betterment of the lives of others and is to be viewed with a sense of social responsibility.
  3. All volunteers will be spokespeople for the contributions which volunteering can give to society;
  4. If a volunteer should be unable temporarily to communicate, notification of this should be made, in advance, to the Board; and
  5. With a minimum of a week's notice requested, a cultured volunteer may resign.

7. Finance and Volunteer Insurance

The All Lives Institute is a voluntary body, established to demonstrate the social benefit which could be obtained from understanding the causes of human behaviour - in response to circumstances faced. The Institute does not provide a service and consequently receives no income. The Founder pays for such costs as arise.

Volunteers are remote-working (i.e. by computer from their homes). There is nothing in the output sought of the form which would require professional indemnity insurance. What they produce is purely intellectual and comprises information from sources in the public domain.

Communication between volunteers are via electronic means/posted letters. Volunteers accept that material elements of risk do not arise and that public liability insurance is not called for. When a volunteer meets, or works with other people, s/he/they accepts this to be in the nature of social activity.

8. Management of Volunteers

The Board will oversee activities and, for the common good, keep contactability under review. The Board will be cognisant of the contributions of volunteers and so be ready to advance their personal interests insofar as possible.

If a matter arise, which may indicate the discontinuation of a volunteer's service, the Board shall give a ruling, having discussed the matter at least twice, and having listened to relevant parties.

Worthwhile experience can be gained with us and an authoritative reference obtained. This is a unique project, ground-breaking in its own way.

9. Volunteer Rights and Involvement

  1. This Volunteer Policy is an Agreement binding in honour only: it is not a legally binding contract.
  2. Adherence to these procedures is necessary, so our efforts can ensure the best result.
  3. Personal volunteer data are given to group members for project purposes only.
  4. Volunteers will not discriminate or encounter discrimination, in any fashion, on grounds of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community.
  5. Public communications are the function of the Board.
  6. An applicant volunteer, having read this Policy, has the right to withdraw his/her application.
  7. The Board and other volunteers can raise the matter of reviewing this Policy at any time.
  8. Volunteers will work in an innovative environment and gain valuable experience. They will have both adequate time and personal capacity for what they do. Whilst some skills may not be needed, for extended periods, such skills will be of the utmost and critical importance when called for.